The boss of the Xbox branch returns to the postponement of Starfield to 2023. Here are the reasons that led Microsoft to postpone its release by several months.
It’s one of the most anticipated games of 2023 and yet it should have been available already. Initially scheduled for November 11, 2022, Starfield was eventually pushed back to the following year. An announcement that has inevitably had its share of disappointed but Phil Spencer reassures, it is for a good cause.
The reasons for postponing Starfield
2023 will be a busy year for gamers. Postponements and releases to next year are piling up, but a few titles already stand out from the pack. This is the case of Starfield, Bethesda’s first new license in decades, which delayed its landing by a few months. For Phil Spencer, head of Xbox, the postponement of the game was more obvious than a decision. The company does not want to repeat its past mistakes and therefore release one of its exclusives prematurely.
” It’s not really a decision to postpone a game after the team has worked so hard for so many years. You just get to a point where you know you’re not going to be able to deliver the game on the date promised. Now it has some magnitude because we’ve already released games too early “, he explained during a podcast of The Verge. The most recent example is indeed Halo Infinite, which tries to correct the situation over the updates. ” Looking back, when you look at a game like Starfield, it took so much time and investment for the team to create this new license. The decision to give them more time to create the game they would like to make is the best thing to do he adds.
Obviously, a delay also implies a financial impact which also weighs in the balance. However, the Xbox boss believes it was the right decision for both developers and gamers. As a reminder Starfield is now expected in the first half of 2023 on Xbox Series and pc.